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The Greenwood Tree – December 2022

The theme of the December issue of The Greenwood Tree was the 1921 Census but members contributed articles on a wide range of other family history tales Editor Paul Radford previews the edition which will be mailed to members at the end of November and which SDFHS members can already view or download from the Members’ Area of the Society’s website The leading article, written by the editor, explains the perils and pitfalls involved when you delve into the latest published census to...
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The Greenwood Tree – September 2022

The theme of the September issue of The Greenwood Tree is ‘It Runs in the Family’ and members obliged with stories of physical traits and of trades and professions which pass through the generations in their respective trees Editor Paul Radford previews the edition which will be mailed to members at the end of August and which SDFHS members can already view or download from the Members’ Area of the Society’s website       Elaine Orchard could not understand why her...
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The Greenwood Tree – June 2022

The theme of the June issue of The Greenwood Tree, coinciding with national festivities for the Platinum Jubilee, was Celebrations and members responded with tales of golden weddings, jubilee stories and memorial events Editor Paul Radford previews the edition which will be mailed to members at the end of May and which SDFHS members can already view or download from the Members’ Area of the Society’s website Ron Holley dug out a newspaper report of the grand golden wedding...
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RMS TITANIC – Let’s remember the crew! Many had Dorset origins.

On 15th April it will be the 110th Anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic The story of the tragedy is well-known, and doubtless there will be media references to the millionaires and aristocrats who perished Invariably, less attention is paid to the crew Of the estimated 2224 people on board, 885 were crew It is thought that some 1514 people died, of whom 821 were passengers and 693 were crew A very large proportion of the crew lived in Southampton, and amongst these, were many who...
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The Greenwood Tree – March 2022

Surprise Discoveries was the theme of the March issue of The Greenwood Tree and members found quite a few in their family trees, ranging from unsuspected branches opening up as a result of DNA tests to hitherto unknown criminal behaviour and much more Editor Paul Radford previews the edition which will be mailed to members at the end of February and which SDFHS members can already view or download from the Members’ Area of the Society’s website Laura Manning discovered in a random...
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Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore